Every one here has been warmly invited to attend a celebration and Tsok feast, Along with torma offering and a wonderful teaching in celebrating the Tibetan New Year/Losar With Lama Repa Dorje Odzer of the New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center, Brooklyn, New York. The bus trip is planned for February 10th and is 35 dollars total, for a round trip ticket. The following departure and arrival times are the following: The Bus will depart Wilmington Terminal @ 10:00am and will arrive in New York City 12:15pm From there, we will take the F train subway to Brooklyn to Prospect Avenue and arrive at the dharma center. Lama Repa Dorje Odzer will begin the afternoon with a celebration of a torma offering and then a Tsok feast, followed by a dharma teaching. You are welcome to bring a simple offering of a piece of fruit or chips or what ever is best for you to bring, to receive the blessings of Tsok feast Blessings. It doesnt have to be a grand offering, because, the simplest act of generosity, such even as a piece of candy counts for good intention and positive merit . Or, it is not necessary to bring anything at all. If any one here would like more information or has any questions, please call me on my cell @ 302-864-4868 Departure from New York to Wilmington: The bus will depart in front of Macy's @ 6:30pm on 34 W 31st Street. We will arrive in the city of Wilmington @9:00pm on 34th w Market Street. The Story of Losar The Tibetan New Year Tour offers the unique opportunity of enjoying this annual festive,rich occasion together with other practitioners. The word of Losar is a Tibetan word which means New Year. The word is composed of two characters: Lo and Sar. Lo means Year and Sar means New. The celebration of Losar can be traced back to Tibetan pre-Buddhist period. At that time, Tibetans were followers of the Bon religion, and held a spiritual ceremony every winter. During the ceremonies, people burnt a large quantity of incense to appease the local spirits, deities and protectors. Later, this festival developed into an annual Buddhist festival, solar, in the reign of Pude Gungyal, the ninth King of Tibet. The festival is also believed to have begun when an old woman called Belma introduced the measurement of time to Tibet based on the moon's phases. This festival was held in autumn, when the apricot trees blossomed. It may have been the first celebration of the traditional farmers' festival. It was during this period that the arts of cultivation of soil were first introduced to Tibet. The ceremonies started to celebrate these new capabilities, and these celebrations Tibetan New Year/Losar Festival are believed to lead to the Losar festival.